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Yankees 4, Rays 2



Tampa Bay scores two in the first inning before the bats go silent (again), rookie Jeff Niemann pitches exceptionally (again) before the bullpen blows it (again) and the Rays get swept in four games by New York and lose their eighth in a row overall. Jorge Posada's pinch-hit three-run homer in the eighth inning is the winning blow. The Rays manage no hits against the Yankees bullpen despite facing neither Phil Hughes nor Mariano Rivera after New York starter Joba Chamberlain, on a strict pitch count, is pulled after three innings. Yankees star Derek Jeter ties Lou Gehrig for the franchise's all-time hits lead.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:51am]


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